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Local biker group honors couple who served in World War II

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World War II Staff Sergeant LaVerne Selquist World War II Staff Sergeant LaVerne Selquist
LaVerne and Ramona Selquist on their wedding day, 71 years ago LaVerne and Ramona Selquist on their wedding day, 71 years ago
ROCKFORD (WREX) -

When it comes to honoring Stateline veterans, these bikers go all out... 

"There are people that no one has ever said thank you... A simple thank you, and that's what we're trying to do," said Walter Chimiak.

It's the mission of the Warriors Watch Riders.

The group is always looking for veterans to honor, so when Chimiak found out LaVerne and Ramona Selquist both served in World War II...

"I was shocked, Ramona is 96, LaVerne turned 100 last august," said Chimiak. 

...he set out on a mission. 

"Would you mind if we got a few people together to say thank you for your service?" 

On Saturday morning, with the help of the couple's daughter, Kris, he did just that. 

"it's amazement... Just amazement," said Ramona. 

"When you pull up and see their faces, the smiles and the shock and the awe, it's just so awesome. I can't tell you how great and gratifying it is," said Chimiak.

An honor these riders say is well-deserved. 

LaVerne served in Germany with the Army Munition Explosives and Ramona stayed stateside as an army nurse and eventually lieutenant.

But, for the Selquists serving at the time was just part of life.

"There was a war on, and we had to take care of it, then we came home and got married," said Ramona.

71 years later...

"We've been around together for quite a while," said LaVerne.

...they're still going strong.

"They're my heroes, that's all I can say, they're my heroes," said their daughter Kris Beckland.

It's not your typical hero's welcome but this overdue gesture was worth the wait.

Not only did both LaVerne and Ramona serve in World War II, Ramona is one of the last nurses who worked at the original Rockford Hospital. 

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